On November 23rd, 2012, television lost a wonderful and iconic actor when Larry Hagman, best known for his role as J.R. Ewing, passed away due to complications from throat cancer at the age of 81. Hagman was in the middle of filming season two of the revival of “Dallas” prior to his passing, and many viewers are wondering how the show plans to honour his memory and give his character a proper send off.
After Hagman’s sad and untimely passing, producers of the show quickly went to work on creating an episode which would lay the mean spirited oil baron J.R. to rest. It has been revealed that the funeral of J.R. Ewing is set to occur in the eight episode of the second season, which will air on TNT on March 11th.
In what is sure to be one of the most memorable television farewells to a much loved (and loved to hate) it is rumoured that the episode will feature many returning original “Dallas” stars, many of whom have not been on TNT’s revival yet.
At the time of his passing, TNT released a statement saying “All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
I am sure that TNT will be giving the very best send-off they can for J.R., but it will be a bittersweet moment for everyone involved, and for all of the fans who followed his career. The second season of “Dallas”, with Hagman’s very last on-screen moments, is set to premiere on January 28th.